There is a new day and a new feeling in Duval County with the Jacksonville Jaguars. They have a new quarterback, who happens to be a Super Bowl-winning QB in Nick Foles; running back Leonard Fournette is healthy and hopes to rebound from a disappointing 2018. Also, there is still a lot of talent on defense, which will be led by Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, and Calais Campbell. Plus, rookie DE/LB Josh Allen has played well in the preseason.
Campbell, who was apart of the 2017 Jaguars that went to the AFC title game, believes this version of the Jaguars could have something special.
“Well, it’s a new year, a new opportunity, but this 2019 could be very special,” Campbell said after the Jaguars’ loss to the Dolphins on Thursday night. “It’s just one game in the preseason. It’s a clean slate, but I do believe that if we play up to our level, if we could play like the level we are capable of playing, we’ll be a very tough team to beat.
“This team could be very, very special. This defense could be very special. I like going three-and-out. That’s kind of like what I want. That should be the standard.”
Last night, Foles made his Jaguars and preseason debut against the Dolphins. Foles finished the game 6-10 for 48 yards and one touchdown and an interception. As a whole, Foles was happy to be out there with his teammates.
“Obviously there’s some good, there’s some bad. I think the big thing it was just good being out there,” Foles said. “It’s always good just stepping in the huddle, playing in games. It was my first time wearing the Jaguars uniform in a game. That is emotional in itself. So it was a good first step forward. We were able to move the ball a little bit, score a touchdown. Obviously, we wanted to score more points. And there’s things that we’ll learn from. But all in all, it was just great being out there with the guys today.”
The Jaguars’ defense should be very good in 2019 and was a top-five defense in 2018. I don’t think there are many questions about that side of the ball. The question will be if whether Foles is truly the guy for this team at the QB position, and anytime you give a player a four-year, $88 million contract, you want some serious results, and the pressure is on Jacksonville to make serious noise in 2019, but if Campbell is right, Jacksonville could be one of the teams to beat this season.